NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announces budget's health funding

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet's boasted his Liberal-Coalition government had spent more on health in seven years than Labor did in ‘16, when he handed down the budget on Tuesday morning.

The government has allocated $7.7 billion over four years, with $1.5 billion in works allocated for the 2017-18 financial year.

Campbelltown Hospital will undergo a $632 million redevelopment, with $5 million allocated for this year to begin expanding emergency services, critical care, mental health inpatient and paediatric services.

Nepean Hospital will receive $34 million in funding this year as it undergoes a redevelopment, with an expansion of maternity and neonatal care serivces, as well as an expansion to surgical and inpatient and outpatient services.

Another $20 million will be allocated for extra car parking at the hospital during the 2017-18 financial year.

The total cost of the project is $576 million.

Concord Hospital will also receive $10 million this year as part of a $341 million redevelopment.

The money will go toward delivering the Rusty Priest Centre for Rehabilitation and Aged Care, including a centre for Defence and emergency services personnel, while also increasing the capacity of patients at the hospital.

Funding has also allocated money to continue work already under way at Blacktown Hospital and Mount Druitt Hospital.

Budget delivered: NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced a surplus of $4.5 billion.

Budget delivered: NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced a surplus of $4.5 billion.

Mr Perrottet announced a $720 million redevelopment of the Prince of Wales Randwick Hospital.

In his speech to Parliament, the Treasurer also flagged future works at Rouse Hill and Liverpool Hospital Stage 2.

"Some of the most important moments of our lives come to pass inside the walls of our State's hospitals," Mr Perrottet said.

"In these moments, the only thing we need is a health care system we can rely on, staffed by people who care, armed with the resources that matter."

Mr Perrottet said that since 2015, the government had created jobs for an extra 4500 nurses, doctors and other health professionals across the state.

The story, Health spending spread across region, first appeared on the Hawkesbury Gazette.


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